Every so often a vocal comes along that knocks you for six
Every so often a vocal comes along that knocks you for six. Winston Yellen – the lone wolf prowling seductively behind the Night Beds name – is in possession of just such a pair of heartstopping lungs. A crystal croon that brings to mind Jeff Buckley as well as the stately influence of Rufus Wainwright, Gram Parsons and Ryan Adams, his is an utterly devastating siren call. Yellen knows it too, opening up his debut album with the a cappella ‘Faithful Heights’ and keeping the instrumentation low-key and acoustic on the gorgeously poetic ‘TENN’. Showcasing his own delicate western swing, ‘Country Sleep’ was recorded in Yellen’s old rented house just outside of Nashville, Tennessee – which, fittingly, used to belong to Johnny and June Carter Cash. The emotive finesse of ‘Cherry Blossoms’ might further the calls for a shoulder to blub on, but chugging full-band showstopper ‘Ramona’ shows Yellen’s songwriting to be as rich as his voice.